NCASI and the U.S. Forest Service have completed a project titled Current and Potential Capabilities of Wood Production Systems in the Southeastern U.S. Results have been published in a special issue of Biomass and Bioenergy (Vol. 34, Issue 12, December 2010). Dr. Eric Vance of NCASI served as project leader.
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Fall River soil productivity study: ten-year results The potential use of forest biomass and residues for energy has raised questions about the sustainability of intensive management practices, particularly the removal of currently unmerchantable biomass (foliage, branches, smaller trees) that are typically left on site following harvesting. To address sustainability concerns, states and other entities have developed guidelines for biomass harvesting which include provisions for leaving specific proportions of harvest residues on site. The Fall River study in western Washington will help answer some important ecological questions about biomass utilization for Douglas-fir forests in the Pacific Northwest.
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Wildlife monitoring in Canada NCASI is distributing Special Report No. 10-02, Compendium of Long-Term Wildlife Monitoring Programs in Canada by Ms. Sonya Lévesque. This report details the various wildlife monitoring programs across Canada that deal with vertebrate species in the wild. The compendium is a tool to help forest researchers and managers better harness the value in datasets from these programs, and to identify sources of information, gaps, redundancies, and opportunities for industry collaboration.
Dr. George Ice (NCASI Fellow and Forest Watershed Program Manager) participated in a workshop on aquatic ecosystem restoration hosted by the US Army Corps of Engineers in July 2010. The workshop focused on the Corps’ methods for assessing aquatic ecosystems and setting priorities for restoration efforts.
The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) was established under the McIntire-Stennis Forestry Research Act of 1962 and meets annually with the mandate to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with recommendations and advice on forestry research funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and the USDA Forest Service in the context of emerging issues in the forest sector. Dr. Eric Vance of NCASI is a FRAC member.